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The Firecracker 250 and July 4th might lead to crashes

The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona is only a few days away. Race fans are flocking to the area. Add these fans to the normal summer crowds and throw in the Fourth of July holiday coming up and it is easy to see why the roads are going to be crowded over the next couple of weeks.

With all of these people on the roadways, accidents are bound to occur because not everyone is going to drive safely. People who are in the area might drive drunk or distracted, which can pose hazardous conditions on the roads. These accidents can lead to injuries that range from minor to life threatening.

Road rage and and other aggressive driving

Over the past seven years, more than 12,000 people have suffered injuries and 218 murders in the U.S. that happened because of road rage. It's also against the law. Road rage and aggressive driving are often thought to be one and the same, but there are subtle nuances between the two that are important to know.

Most angry drivers may believe that they are suffering from road rage, when, in actuality, they are simply aggressive drivers. What is the point at which aggressive driving becomes road rage? Road rage is considered to occur when a traffic incident escalates into a more threatening and serious situation.

Australian tourist has a gas in Florida

While strip clubs have often been considered to be rather raunchy environments, they definitely are not venues where "anything goes." That's certainly what one foreign tourist who visited an Orlando strip club recently learned.

The 27-year-old tourist from Perth, Australia, was arrested and charged with simple assault after deliberately "passing gas" in the face of a stripper who was giving him a lap dance at a strip club located in Orlando on Orange Blossom Trail.

Dangerous roadway claims life in Marion County

A busy stretch of road in Marion County has seen yet another car accident. Local residents say that Southeast 183rd Avenue Road should be called "Daytona 500" because they see crashes on the four-mile stretch at least once a month. This time, a teenager died.

Locals say that people speed on the roadway all the time, and sometimes they see cars traveling at speeds that must be 90 miles per hour. In this case, police have yet to determine if speed was a factor in the single-car collision.

The primary causes of plane crashes

No one gets into an airplane expecting it to crash. However, aviation accidents happen every day throughout the world. These accidents may involve small pleasure crafts, charter airplanes and jets, large business-class jets, small airplanes, hang gliders, helicopters and other types of airborne vehicles.

If you were injured in an aviation accident, or if your loved one was killed in such an incident, you will no doubt have a lot of questions about how the accident occurred. In terms of aviation accident law and the pursuit of damage and negligence claims regard aviation accidents, personal injury lawyers will also be concerned with the reasons behind the accident for the purposes of establishing fault and liability.

Cycling in Florida: A hazardous proposition

You love riding a bicycle, but you know that Florida is one of the most dangerous places to do so. Even though you have strong riding skills and take time to prepare before a ride, your safety doesn't just come down to what you do. It's up to drivers to pay attention, too.

In 2014, there were 120 people killed in bicycle accidents in Florida. Why is Florida so dangerous? It could be because of under-equipped cyclists with little experience, or it could be that there are many fast roadways with wide lanes that encourage speeding. A lack of safety education and a lack of bike lanes also has an impact on riders.

Commercial truck drivers are subject to special safety laws

Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road. Their size and weight mean that vehicles like semitrucks pose more threat than passenger vehicles.

Commercial trucks cause a substantial number of serious collisions each year. During an accident, the driver of the commercial truck is less likely to suffer injuries than the driver and passengers in a smaller vehicle. To help offset the potential risk created by these massive vehicles, the government has put special laws and regulations in place to reduce the potential for a serious collision and injuries.

Plane bound for Florida disappears over Bermuda Triangle

On Monday, May 15, a small MU-2B plane took off from Puerto Rico bound for central Florida in what would normally be a routine flight.

Four people were aboard the small aircraft — the 52-year-old pilot, his 40-year-old girlfriend and her two young sons, ages 3 and 4. Their plane failed to arrive at its destination, having disappeared from the radar screen about three hours after take-off.

Are you a Florida tourist arrested for DUI?

Have you ever heard the adage, "Come for vacation, leave on probation?" While that sounds funny on the surface, for many out-of-state tourists to the Sunshine State, it's a harsh reality when their fun and sun vacation lands them in jail on charges of driving under the influence.

Don't think it can't happen to you. After a day sunbathing on the beach or by the pool, drinking adult beverages — was that four margaritas, or five? — everybody is starving. So you wash off the sand and suntan oil and climb into the car to get some of that famous Florida seafood.

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